Czapek Place Vendôme Tourbillon Dark Matter
The Czapek Place Vendôme Tourbillon Dark Matter is the latest addition to the Genevan marque’s collection. Since 2015, when the Czapek brand was revived, the company has continuously conceived highly desirable watches infused with technical virtue and coupled with prepossessing looks. There seems no impediment to this firm’s relentless ascent.
Most fledgling independent watch brands flounder in their early years. The lack of brand awareness, limited financial resources and the difficulty in ‘opening doors’, often thwarts success. However, Czapek & Cie has surmounted these potential obstacles.
Since the historical 19th century brand of Czapek & Cie was revived in 2015, it has been on a roll. In 2016, just one year after it began trading, the company won the ‘Public Prize’ at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève). The prize-winning watch, the Quai de Bergues No.33bis, was inspired by a Czapek pocket watch dating back to the mid-19th century. With its classical appearance, this model remains a popular member of the brand’s collection.
After tasting success, many brands would be tempted to stick to the same formula. However, in 2017, Czapek chose to create a watch imbued with a high quotient of modernity, the Place Vendôme Lumières. This hand-wound watch featured a tourbillon, a GMT function, day/night indicator and a power reserve. Initially, the model was offered in a choice of platinum or rose gold. Thereafter, the Swiss marque unveiled a gem-set version (Etincelles) as well as a titanium option (Ombres).
Now, the Genevan firm has released a new variant, the Czapek Place Vendôme Tourbillon Dark Matter. This latest model is housed in a Grade 5 titanium case, dressed in black ADLC coating. The display upholds the stealthy appearance of the case, incorporating a black enamel dial, polished bridges and sandblasted plate.
The brand’s press release (August 2020)
In a family, there’s always a rebel, a black sheep as some say. The Place Vendôme, among the three families of Czapek & Cie watches, is the most refined and complex. Launched in 2017 with two models in limited edition in platinum and red gold, the collection boasts a proprietary calibre with a ‘suspended’ tourbillon, a GMT function and the indication of day and night in the second time zone, as well as of the power reserve. At Baselword 2019, Czapek presented two new entries in the collection: a sumptuous version in platinum with a baguette-cut diamonds setting, ‘Etincelles’, and a sporty model in titanium with a black enamel ring, ‘Ombres’. Today, at the Geneva Watch Days, the exclusive high watchmaking event of 2020, the Geneva-based brand unveils the ‘bad boy’ of the Place Vendôme collection, called ‘Dark Matter’.
The newly born timepiece is not only inspired by the Ombres tourbillon in titanium, but takes elements from other watches in the Czapek portfolio. The 43.5mm case, in 5- grade titanium, features a black ADLC coating as the Faubourg de Cracovie ‘Courage every second’ chronograph – the unique piece donated by Czapek to the Only Watch charity event and auctioned off by Christies for 110’000 CHF on November 9th 2019.
The fine-looking black bridges of the Dark Matter have been treated with PVD coating, ensuring the conservation of the colour over time, by the same company that crafts the blued gold Fleur-de-Lys hands in the Quai des Bergues collection.
“Within our Place Vendôme line, we started with the most luscious version and we are now launching the ‘rockest’ one”, says Xavier de Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek & Cie. “While the rose gold tourbillons are sold out, proving the public appreciation of those models, the Only Watch auction success showed us that collectors were eager to also have sportier models with unusual materials combinations, still made with best-in-class haute horlogerie craftsmanship”.
Manufactured in a limited edition of 10 pieces, the timepiece will be only available at the brand’s official retailers and on czapek.com. The rebellious brother in the Place Vendôme collection by Czapek has just been born, and its name is ‘Dark Matter’.